Synonym Discussion of isolation
solitude, isolation, seclusion mean the state of one who is alone. solitude may imply a condition of being apart from all human beings or of being cut off by wish or circumstances from one’s usual associates.
- ⟨a few quiet hours of solitude⟩
isolation stresses detachment from others often involuntarily.
- ⟨the isolation of the village in winter⟩
seclusion suggests a shutting away or keeping apart from others often connoting deliberate withdrawal from the world or retirement to a quiet life.
- ⟨lived in pastoral seclusion⟩
ISOLATION this is such a sad and lonely word, just pushing the sounds across your tongue sounds just……….blah.
ISOLATION is what the prison system uses to further punish those who misbehave while behind bars. It is meant to break people so they never want to do another bad thing.
Many individuals with chronic illness are living isolated lives. Isolation leads to even more unwanted side effects or exaggeration of current symptoms such as depression, anxiety, worry, loneliness and pain.
No one wants to feel lonely and too many people are scared to admit they feel alone because, simply put, in today’s world, it equals loser, or worse yet, unlovable. Obviously this is not true, but those feelings are there none-the-less.
Being chronically ill, we have already lost so much……..previous abilities to do what we loved, stamina, a good night sleep, to interact with our surrounding in a immediate and prompt way……adding loneliness into the mix is a huge slap in the face, fuel to the fire.
This world (at least here in the US) is fixated on the health, youth, independence, wealth, and “beauty” at all costs and people do not take time to slow down and go and visit a friend who is ill, let alone even know who their neighbors are…………so what can we do about this?
…….PLEASE, if you know someone in your neck of the woods who is alone, sick, lonely, can’t get out and interact with the world on a regular basis, please take 1 hour out of the next 30 days and do something about it. This simple act of kindness, multiplied by many, sends love where it needs to be, with those who can use it the most. If you are personally unable to get out of your home, send a card or a letter to someone else who is in a similar situation. Emails are nice and texts can be great too, but taking the time to send a personal note shows you took an extra step out of your day and thought of them in a very real way. Now please go……………
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